Archive for the ‘New Silk Road’ Category

Cambodia’s Airport Dreams Stall as Chinese Money Dries Up

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, an update on Cambodia’s Chinese-funded airport dreams: For years, an airport has been slated for construction in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province, but all that exists are concrete fence posts across the razed farmlands of an indigenous community, cleared for a runway that may never get built. Remote Mondulkiri was an odd choice […]

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On Track: Nigerian Rail Projects Drive Home China’s BRI Commitment To African Infrastructure

Via South China Morning Post, a look at Chinas BRI commitment to African infrastructure: Senior diplomat Wu Peng’s support of projects in Nigeria has reinforced China’s commitment to helping African growth But experts say a switch of banks financing a Nigerian rail project points to Beijing’s shift in focus from concessional to commercial lending Building […]

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‘Strings Attached’: Saudi Arabia Steps Up Demands In Tech Deals with China

Courtesy of The Financial Times, a look at how Alibaba’s and SenseTime’s huge joint ventures in Gulf kingdom have come with stringent requirements around training local teams and investment: Saudi Arabia is mandating that leading Chinese technology companies invest in the Gulf kingdom in return for huge deals, as it leverages its petrodollar wealth to boost […]

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The China-Built Addis-Djibouti Railway Gains Steam

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a look at a new approach to utilizing the potential of the two-country railway line between Ethiopia and Djibouti has already been producing several of the desired results. A people-centered turn is yet to come: The Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway (AADR) has been in operation since 2018 – the year when we […]

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The Geopolitics of Economic Development in the Middle East

Courtesy of the Carnegie Middle East Center, interesting commentary on corridorization and the impact that BRI, IMEC, and other initiatives are leading this century’s reconfiguration of geopolitical, geoeconomic, and sociospatial manifestations of global capitalism: INTRODUCTION The idea of transforming borders into connecting points between countries and continents has gained traction in recent years, with several […]

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The World Needs More Belts and More Roads, Chinese-Style

Via South China Morning Post, commentary from influential author Parag Khanna how the Belt and Road Initiative is exactly the blueprint needed in this age of uncertainty and instability: A new generation of Western doom-and-gloomers about China has emerged. Many point to admittedly serious problems, some of them chronic and structural, and argue the country […]

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